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By Rebecca Brooks
The UK post-punk revival band Savages dropped their new album, “Adore Life,” last Friday under the independent record label Matador Records. The female rock band has been together since 2011, debuting in 2013 with their first album, “Silence Yourself.”
Despite being an avid fan of just about all varieties of rock and punk music, I had never heard of this band until last week. What interested me was the fact that they’re an all-female rock band, which is very rare to find, as women are scarce in the punk and rock genres of the music industry.
With that in mind, I hopped onto the chance to give their new album a listen. To my delight, they did not disappoint.
The album isn’t heavy enough that it might scare your parents, but it has a true rock edge that would make just about anyone want to rock out along with them. The album immediately starts off with heavy drums and wailing guitars on the first song, “The Answer.”
Lead singer Jehnny Beth’s voice comes in so subtly on the track that the band almost overpowers her. However, Beth’s vocal delivery is impeccable throughout, and she doesn’t truly get to shine until “Adore.”
She hits several impressive notes throughout the song, and her voice conveys such raw emotion that it hits you deep inside, and you feel those emotions along with her. Her vocal presence is especially amazing on the final track of the album, “Mechanics,” which sounds so hauntingly beautiful that it makes you want to press repeat and have her take your breath away all over again.
If you are into post-punk or alternative rock music, then I highly recommend you give this album and band a listen. Their music falls along just about the same lines as The Strokes and The White Stripes.
I was skeptical about the album when it first started, but by the end of it I had so many favorites that I simply couldn’t pick just one.
It has a heavy noise rock feel that reminds me of the 90’s grunge/noise rock band Hole in their earlier days. But Savages are a bit more focused and centered with their sound. Each song has a direction and a purpose and is clearly going somewhere, and this album had me excited throughout to see where it would take me next.